With the forthcoming Catalyst 7.9 software release in September, AMD will add Linux support for the ATI Radeon(TM) HD 2000 series of graphics processors. The Radeon HD 2000 series offer a number of compelling new features for Linux users including AMD’s patented unified shader architecture. In Q4 2007, AMD’s Catalyst software package for Linux will add support for Accelerated Indirect GLX (AIGLX).

AMD today announced plans to extend its leadership position in graphics
software with major enhancements to performance and compatibility for ATI
Radeon(TM) graphics for consumer Linux users. These improvements are planned for
subsequent releases of ATI’s Catalyst(TM) software package beginning in early
September. This announcement represents a significant first step in redefining
the graphics landscape for Linux consumer users. Moving forward, AMD also plans
to accelerate efforts to address the needs of the open source community as well.

"As client computing on Linux continues to grow so has our support and focus on
delivering best-in-class performance and compatibility for our products," said
Ben Bar-Haim, vice president of software, Graphics Product Group at AMD. "In the
second half of 2007 we plan to deliver the most significant enhancements for ATI
Radeon graphics ever for Linux and reaffirm our commitment to consumer users and
the community as a whole."

With the forthcoming Catalyst 7.9 software release in September, AMD will add
Linux support for the ATI Radeon(TM) HD 2000 series of graphics processors. The
Radeon HD 2000 series offer a number of compelling new features for Linux users
including AMD’s patented unified shader architecture.

In addition to expanded GPU support, Catalyst(TM) 7.9 is being designed to offer
a number of major performance improvements across the board with users seeing up
to 90 per cent improvement in such popular titles as Doom 3 and Quake 4 (http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=823&num=3).
In Q4 2007, AMD’s Catalyst software package for Linux will add support for
Accelerated Indirect GLX (AIGLX). AIGLX is an enabling technology that allows
Linux users to enjoy a rich visual 3D user interface that provides a more
immersive end-user compute experience.